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The Wolverine
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Jan 7, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
James Mangold

Actors:
Hugh Jackman
Femke Janssen
Hiroyuki Sanada

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Logan is summoned to Japan to meet with the dying CEO of a wealthy company. Having saved the manís life during WW2, he feels indebted to Logan and offers to cure his immortality. Logan refuses and finds himself in the middle of a war he was not prepared to fight.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Wolverine is far more complex than people give him credit for, which makes him an engaging character to watch. He was the reason people flocked to see X-MEN and all its sequels, and itís his popularity thatís kept this train moving forward. X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE isnít nearly as bad as people make it out to be. I enjoyed it. Itís flawed, sure, but if youíre a fan, you canít tell me they didnít do Sabretooth justice (Tyler Maneís performance in X-MEN was cringe worthy) or that you werenít happy to see it. It was the absolute destruction of Deadpool that killed that film, but thatís another story. This time we see Logan dig deep into his past and his regrets as heís summoned to Japan by a man whose life he saved during the waróshown in a very cool opening scene. Rest assured, this is indeed Loganís finest hour.

Before all that, whether it was director James Mangoldís intention or not, weíre treated to a post X-MEN THE LAST STAND Logan living in the wild like an animal. The brief story this provides is reminiscent of a Spider-Man five part series called PERCEPTIONS, guest starring Wolverine. In the comic, a Wendigo is spotted in the mountains where some kids have been found dead. Everyone automatically pins in on the Wendigo and try to kill it. Wolverine ainít having that shit, and gets the real story his way. This bit with the grizzly bear felt like a wink in this direction and I absolutely loved it.

The main story follows another popular comic series for Logan, and whatís great about it is that they actually explore his character rather than just point at bad guys for him to slice and dice. Itís these moments of inner struggle that shine. Putting Wolverine in Japan with ninjaís, samurai and a plot to steal his healing factor is done with much more finesse and intelligence than youíd think to find in a summer comic book flick, which again, adds to the flavor.

Hugh Jackman is the man. Pure and simple. Itís been thirteen years since he first donned the claws and the characterís lost none of his potency. Jackman can channel Logan at will, and continues to peel back new layers for us to enjoy. Heís also in peak physical form, I mean d-a-m-n, dude is jacked to the max. His Japanese counterparts are equally impressive here, and my mindís still reeling at the fact that co-stars, Tao Okamoto (Mariko) and Rila Fukushima (Yukio) are first time actresses. Well done, ladies.

THE WOLVERINE is the best comic book film Iíve seen this summer, and is an overall excellent stand-alone chapter in Loganís life. The Silver Samurai battle was a little over the top, and I didnít care for femme fatal, Viper (she was pretty damn lame to be honest), but these are minor complaints that didnít manage to rob me of my grin. Add to that, the best post credit scene Marvelís made to date (they should truly be ashamed of the IRON MAN 3 post credit scene), and youíve got a damn good reason to hit this up. At the end of the day, itís impossible to embody a comic series accurately into a film. Thereís no fancy way of putting it, thatís just the way it is. And itís for this reason I didnít go down too hard on ORIGINS, because it was another chance to see a Marvel character I love on the big screen. No, Iím not condoning a lazy film, Iím simply trying to be realistic. Thankfully, this time around we get something special. Iím looking forward to DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (and praying it doesnít suck), as well as another solo round or two from our adamantium clawed hero.
THE EXTRAS
THE WOLVERINE: Path of a Ronin: Like I said, Loganís a far more complex character than some give him credit for, and this lengthy special features shines an hourís worth of light on that. Itís a shame this didnít come with the extended version as I really wanted to see some extra ninja fighting.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Tour: A three minute tease of whatís to come in DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Please god, make this flick own all kinds of ass.

Alternate Ending: What can I say about this one, other than, f*cking A. If youíre a big fan, youíve no doubt already caught this on the net. If not, prepare to smile wide.

THE WOLVERINE: Second Screen App: These second screen things are being pushed at us like theyíre all the rage, but personally Iím not feeling them. Each to their own though.

Previews: There are a slew of trailers as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Wolverine is a badass. Yes, the X-Men world stretches far beyond Logan, but I've enjoyed every incarnation of him on screen to date. I just hope Jackman decides to give us at least a couple more solo outings as well as some AGE OF APOCALYPSE action. Fingers crossed.
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11:08AM on 01/07/2014
Good for that bitch.. Why the fuck are you telling us
Good for that bitch.. Why the fuck are you telling us
9:59AM on 01/07/2014
Great movie up until the end. Once he gets to the tower the movie went down hill. Sliver Samurai Should have been just a man in a suit not some giant robot suit. They could have had such an amazing fight sequence if it was just a normal sized dude. And Viper shouldn't even been in this movie. She was by far the worst. Just down right TERRIBLE! What they did was made a "grounded in reality" Wolverine and the last 15 minutes went back to being a Mutant movie and it didn't work at all. I guess
Great movie up until the end. Once he gets to the tower the movie went down hill. Sliver Samurai Should have been just a man in a suit not some giant robot suit. They could have had such an amazing fight sequence if it was just a normal sized dude. And Viper shouldn't even been in this movie. She was by far the worst. Just down right TERRIBLE! What they did was made a "grounded in reality" Wolverine and the last 15 minutes went back to being a Mutant movie and it didn't work at all. I guess they didn't think people would see it if it didn't have a giant robot or something. I love the movie, I really do. I bought it on Blu Ray so I enjoyed it enough to buy it but that ending is bad. I do wish they at least added the Wolverine suit ending to the extended cut.
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8:42AM on 01/07/2014
It's "'donned' the claws," not "dawned." Good movie. My second favorite superhero movie this year, just behind Iron Man 3. Also, what's wrong with Iron Man 3's post-credits sequence? It was just a funny little gag, and I found it to be a good one. Ah, well.
It's "'donned' the claws," not "dawned." Good movie. My second favorite superhero movie this year, just behind Iron Man 3. Also, what's wrong with Iron Man 3's post-credits sequence? It was just a funny little gag, and I found it to be a good one. Ah, well.
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4:02AM on 01/07/2014

Uhm

That whole beginning with the bear is also actually ironically enough similar to the opening of "Wolverine," by Chris Claremont, which is the basis for the movie. Maybe a little more research?
That whole beginning with the bear is also actually ironically enough similar to the opening of "Wolverine," by Chris Claremont, which is the basis for the movie. Maybe a little more research?
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9:37PM on 01/07/2014
bealzf is still right about the scene. It comes almost directly out of the opening of the graphic novel the rest of the film was based on.
bealzf is still right about the scene. It comes almost directly out of the opening of the graphic novel the rest of the film was based on.
7:57AM on 01/07/2014
"Uhm" that's not ironic.
"Uhm" that's not ironic.
2:40AM on 01/07/2014
Yup, that alternate ending totally is "wide smile" material. Wish they'd thrown us a bone and left it in the theatrical cut.
Yup, that alternate ending totally is "wide smile" material. Wish they'd thrown us a bone and left it in the theatrical cut.
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11:05AM on 01/07/2014
That's what I was thinking. Would have been better if it was actually in the film. You see the scene and go from 'wide smile' to uhhh.
That's what I was thinking. Would have been better if it was actually in the film. You see the scene and go from 'wide smile' to uhhh.
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